The walker is winched into the Royal Navy helicopter as air ambulance crew look on. Photo: GNAAS

The walker is winched into the Royal Navy helicopter as air ambulance crew look on. Photo: GNAAS

A walker was airlifted from a Lakeland fell after slipping and injuring her ankle.

Two helicopters flew to the scene on Brown Hills near Glencoyne on Tuesday and Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team members were also called out to the incident.

The 54-year-old walker slipped on the path heading towards Dowthwaite Head Farm and suffered the injury.

Patterdale MRT was called out about 2.30pm and the Great North Air Ambulance was scrambled.

An air ambulance spokesperson said: “With our trauma team on scene and Patterdale MRT making their way, a Royal Navy Sea King which was in the area contacted the team on the radio to ask if they could offer winch assistance.

“Given the location it was decided that this would speed up the patient’s removal from the fellside. She was given strong pain relief and packaged ready for the winch into the Sea King.”

The walker was flown to Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle for further treatment.

The Patterdale team then walked the casualty’s partner off the fell.

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